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Learn to Track Your Most Fertile Days Most likely, you are convinced that the most fertile days are when you are ovulating. But are you precise and prepared for the fertile days? If you are reading this, you probably wanting to have a child or know someone who is. Most women underestimate the efforts it takes actually to conceive, and while some get pregnant without trying there are those who struggle with it for years or months. If you want to conceive, the first thing that you need to do is identifying your most fertile days. But before getting to know when you are fertile, you need first to understand what fertile days are. Obviously you know that there are days in your menstrual cycle that you can conceive and other days that you cannot. The right time to try to conceive is the day when your body is most fertile, and these are the days right before, the day of, and the day after ovulation.
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Trouble presents itself in that most women are oblivious of what point in their cycle they ovulate. The the most basic method of determining your fertile days is through fertility charting. Below are some ways of charting your fertility.
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Analysis of Cervical Mucus Cervical mucus offers you with a great way of identifying when ovulation is nearing. Right after your menses, and you will experience dryness. The mucus increases and becomes sticky and moist as ovulation approaches. During ovulation, the amount of mucus increases and looks similar to the egg whites and feels slippery and stretchable. You are now in your fertile days and can actually get pregnant. Basal Body Temperature Charts When your ovulation cycle begins, the body temperature is usually lower; it is at 97-97.5 degrees F. A minimum of 0.4-0.6 degrees increase can be detected since the body is producing more progesterone. This rise in the body temperature will remain that way throughout the rest of the cycle. You can determine ovulation if you keep track of your BBT at the same time everyday and noting when there is a temperature rise. The Calendar For those with a regular period, it is possible to track the cycle using the everyday calendar. The first day of your period should be the first day that you mark. The next cycle starts when you begin your period again and is not included in the last cycle’s numbers. After seven to eight months of keeping track of the cycles, you do the following Find your shortest cycle and subtract 18 from the total number of days. So if your shortest cycle is 29 days, subtract 18 from it and be left with 11. On your current cycle, count 11 days and mark the second date; this is when ovulation starts.